Gorgeously quirky hideaway-for-2 in the heart of vibrant Frome
The little town of Frome is a bustle of creativity. Artists, craft folk, artisan producers, musicians, there’s a real community amongst the winding cobbled streets. The hub of it all is St Catherine’s, a steep hill lined with brilliant independents, tiny galleries and boho cafes. But you might recognise other roads, too – Gentle Street featured in Poldark, while Cheap Street is one of the best-preserved medieval streets in Europe.
This exquisite open-plan hideaway is bang in the centre of town, once a stable for Louise of Argyll’s horses (Queen Victoria’s daughter). Its present day owners completely revamped it when they moved into the main house, creating an airy, whitewashed space. Tall windows salute the past and a reclaimed old staircase spirals up to the mezzanine bedroom. It may be minimalist but colourful art and vintage tiles flood the place with warmth and character. Come by train if you can, and spend the weekend on foot, mooching around town then chilling out in this utterly unique space.
- Explore the independents that line Catherine Hill and Cheap Street. Vintage, interiors, art, craft, floral – a wonderful blend. Break for coffee and cake in trendy Moo&Two or cocktails in the Fat Radish.
- The Frome Independent Market takes place on the first Sunday of every month and draws independent producers from all over Somerset.
- Catch a film at the quirky cinema – the Westway – where it’s only £4 a ticket.
- Walk or cycle to tiny Mells along Vallis Vale. The Talbot Inn is a great spot for lunch or have tea and cake in the Walled Garden.
- If you’ve come by car, pop to Bruton, with its eclectic homeware stores and At The Chapel for a relaxed lunch and great bakery.
- Ellie recommends Heaven’s Gate to watch the sun going down over the Longleat Estate.
- Stourhead (30 mins’ drive) offers glorious walks around the lake and gardens. They’re especially amazing in autumn, when the trees are a kaleidoscope of colour.